Myles Carr, Maurice Poyadue, Dillon Root and T.J. Thomas — four players expected to make mild to midrange contributions on next year's team — have left the Fresno State football program, according to a Friday night news release issued by the university.
"We are grateful to the student-athletes for their contributions to the program and wish them the best with their future endeavors," coach Tim DeRuyter said.
Poyadue and Root will remain on scholarship this spring as they are both close to graduating, the release stated. Carr and Thomas, part of DeRuyter’s first signing class in 2012, are no longer enrolled at Fresno State.
The loss of Poyadue (Alhambra High) rates as the most significant.
As a junior this past season, he saw a midyear surge in the rotation and eventually became a starter at defensive end, finishing with 23 tackles, 14 of them solo, while playing in all 13 games.
Carr was signed as a quarterback out of Arcadia High but shifted to wide receiver after last year's spring ball that begin the process of finding a replacement for departing senior and NFL rookie starter Derek Carr.
Poyadue and Myles Carr were among four players suspended for the end-of-season Hawaii Bowl.
Root was a standout running back at Visalia's Redwood High but bounced between that position, defensive back and wide receiver with the Bulldogs. He had his greatest impact as a kick returner, averaging 19.3 yards on 25 returns this past season.
Thomas, out of Dobson High in Mesa, Ariz., began as a running back but was shifted to linebacker last spring, then put back in the offensive backfield at midseason. He played in 11 games in 2014, rushing 11 times for 71 yards and a touchdown and had five total tackles.
Fresno State said it would "have no further comment on the matter."